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May 17, 2017

44 Fascinating Color Photographs That Capture Street Scenes of Chiang Mai, Thailand in 1984

Chiang Mai is the largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand and the main base of activities for most travelers who come up north. The city is full of culture, friendly locals, incredible food markets, dozens of beautiful temples, a relaxed vibe, beautiful landscapes.

Chiang Mai means "new city" and was so named because it became the new capital of the Lan Na kingdom when it was founded in 1296, succeeding Chiang Rai, the former capital founded in 1262. The city sits astride the Ping River, a major tributary of the Chao Phraya River.

In the mid-1980s tourists began to pour into Chiang Mai, so did Doi Kuro, a Japanese photographer who shot these stunning photographs of Chiang Mai in 1984.

(Photos: Doi Kuro)


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